The True Impact of a Teacher

Joe’s Perspective: On Thursday, my Uncle Bob died. He spent 30 years of his life teaching choir to middle and high school students. I’ve learned something peculiar happens when a family member dies. At least for me, I tend to just see her/him through the family role – mom, day, uncle, cousin. This was true in this case too. He …

Simple Lessons in the Classroom Also Apply in Athletics

Coach Auriemma, the head women’s basketball coach at UConn, is at it again. He just has a way of simplifying things.  “If you go to class & you do average work, you get a C. That’s why it’s called average. If you want a B, you have to do more work & if you want an A you have to …

Doing the Right Thing Gets Rewarded

Doing the Right Thing: As the riots moved across the country in the summer of 2020, the city of Buffalo, NY was not spared. Businesses were looted and damaged. One young man, Antonio Gwynn, a senior from Hutchinson Central Technical High School, watched these riots from his bed at home. Even though it was 2 a.m., he felt compelled to …

Creating, Laughter, Fun & Life-Long Memories

In the sleepy little town of Manton, Michigan, Scott Chittle, watched his two elementary-aged girls settle in for the winter. In-person school was on-again, off-again. Even when it was full time, kids had to sit in assigned seats in class and at lunch, careful not to interact. The local elementary basketball season was cancelled. So, the daughters mainly sat and …

Let Them Play

Thirty-eight states are allowing high school athletes to compete in winter sports. To help increase those numbers, a movement has spread across those remaining 12 states. This movement is called, “Let Them Play.” Over the past 14 days, athletes protested outside their individual schools in California and Maryland and at state capitals in Michigan and Illinois. This is not a …

102 Year Old Julia Hawkins Breaks World Record

Julia “the Hurricane” Hawkins doesn’t feel her age. Sometimes she feels 60 or 70, sometimes as young as 16. She has been active her own whole life and she was not about to quit any time soon. So, at the age of 100, she entered a masters-level world championship meet and broke the world record for Centurions (those over 100). …

A Poor Exit that Stained a Legacy

This is not a political post – this is a cautionary tale that we can all learn from. On November 3, 2020, the largest number of Americans (155 million) voted in the presidential election. 81 million voted for Biden and 74 million voted for Trump. For days they were counting votes in contested states (Wisconsin, Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia and …

An Important Debate is Coming on Transgender Athletes

Earlier this year, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced legislation that would ban biological males from women’s sports. The bill is called the Protect Women’s Sports Act. She believes that Title IX, introduced in the 1970’s to create equal opportunities for women, is under attack by forcing females to compete against biological males that identify as females. This unfair competition limits …

Barstool Sports Donates $19 Million to Help Small Business

Dave Portnoy is a brash CEO of Barstool Sports. He is loud, sometimes obnoxious and often funny. He is political and he doesn’t care what you think of him, at all. He is the pizza review guy that you see on Youtube – “One bite, everybody knows the rules.” He is most famous for going on rants. Several weeks ago, …

The Longest Line of Kindness

At a Dairy Queen in Brainerd, Minnesota, a gentleman at the drive thru spontaneously paid the bill for the individuals in the car behind him. When that car drove up, the manager told the driver what had happened. The driver was in disbelief. This driver decided to pass on the good deed to the next car. The next driver was …